When I saw the ortholinear mechanical keyboard named planck I just knew I had to have one. Up until that point I did not really pay any attention to mechanical keyboards, and especially not custom ones. At first I was a bit skeptical to the whole idea of getting one, because it is a DIY compact 40% ortholinear keyboard, and I had no idea if I would like it at all.
After a while the keyboard got sold on massdrop, I had some money in my savings account and decided to buy it. I placed the order for the sum of $141.97.
I ordered the version that has two separate keys where the spacebar is located.
The order details are :
CNC case color: Silver
Plate style: MX compatible (Cherry MX)
Keycaps: Beige XDA PBT blanks (MX Compatible)
49 switches: Gateron Clear (Linear) (+$9.99)
sleeve: Yes (+$7.99)
I did order blank keycaps, I did not want to shell out cash for keycaps with print on then, since I can write all day long without looking on a regular keyboard. The parts arrived, and I found my soldering iron, soldered everything, assembled it all, and here is the result:
This is where I have to admit the first mistake, and that was to order blank keycaps, it was really hard to learn how to type properly on it, I hated it at first. I struggled a lot learning how to use it efficiently.
So what I did then was to find ortholinear keycaps on amazon, I found some good ones there, ordered them and it was fantastic. Made it so much easier to use.
The keycaps I ordered was these:
DSA 40% Ortholinear dye-subbed keycap for mechanical keyboard.
Also I had to create my custom layout for it, since I’m Norwegian and need some extra letters like æøå, and also easy access to brackets and such that you use a lot when coding. That was very easy to do, I ended up using EasyAVR I stripped away to standard layout, removed all the default fancy key macros that came with the planck, and added what I needed.
I ended up only needing two layers, and they now look like this:
My planck now looks like this: